Sarasota inmates to receive opiate addiction treatment

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – Soon, inmates at the Sarasota County Jail who suffer from opiate addiction will receive treatment.

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight announced today, Aug. 12, that the Sheriff’s Office will be launching an opiate addiction treatment program at the Sarasota County Jail. This will be the fourth known law enforcement agency in the state of Florida to introduce the program into its facility.

Addicted inmates will receive treatment in the form of a monthly injectable dose of vivitrol, a prescription medicine used to treat opioid dependence, coupled with extensive drug therapy. Candidates will also be directed to continue outpatient care with Centerstone after their release from prison.

“This is just another step we’re taking locally to combat the national issue of opiate addiction,” said Sheriff Knight. “We are not so naive as to believe that arresting people will solve this problem. Instead, through our philosophy of rightful policing, we’ve equipped our deputies with naloxone and now we’re offering drug therapy in our jail. The sheriff’s office is a full-service agency which means not only working to eliminate the influx of heroin into our community, but also providing services and resources to the people who need it most.”

“We are privileged to support the sheriff’s office in addressing the challenge of opiate and drug addiction sweeping the nation. As health care professionals we are committed to meeting our patients’ needs at the Sarasota County Jail. This program is one of a number of ways in which we work with SCSO and community partners to continue caring for patients who return to the community with medical and behavioral health needs,” said Bruce Teal, CEO of Armor Correctional Health Services, Inc.